I have had a lot of “it’s a small world” moments in my lifetime. More and more of them recently. I’ve bumped into people I know in US airports. I stayed with someone in Florence a number of years ago who went to summer camp with a really good friend of mine (who apparently went by “Spirit Sprinkles” at camp!). I especially thought it was crazy when I met someone at our campsite in the Wadi Rum desert in Jordan with whom I shared three mutual friends. And when I realized that my new friend & travel companion for the weekend in Lisbon not only knew my Miami roommate, but went with her to the circus! But, nothing was as crazy as what happened on my first day in Edinburgh when I happened to be at the right intersection at the right time!
My mom and I had just finished dinner and were walking about 1.5 blocks to the nearest taxi stand. As we waited for the light to change, I glanced across the street and made awkward eye contact with someone on the other street corner. I realized she looked really familiar to me, and I even told my mom that the person across the street looked like one of my Purina colleagues (who also happens to be a Miami grad!). All I could think was, “what are the chances?” I tried not to stare, but I couldn’t help myself! As the light changed and we started walking across the street toward each other, she said, “Megan?” after which there was the shouting, hugging, laughing, and “how is this possible?!” exclamations you would expect from two Americans unexpectedly running into each other in a crosswalk in Edinburgh!
Of all of my ‘small world’ moments, I think this tops them all!